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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 17, 2014

Neil Gaiman quote

There are only 6 weeks left in 2014. How will you spend yours?

A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. First things first: Our new puppy is so freaking adorable that I practically cry whenever I look at her. Which is basically all the time, as I seem to be attachment puppy parenting even though I didn’t really do that with any of my five kids. If you find me walking around my house with my puppy in a Baby Bjorn, please smack me upside the head.

    The last house project got delayed due to wet shelving wood, but I hoping my husband will have the energy to chip away at that task this week, so that I don’t have to wait until the weekend to unpack the rest of my books (which have been sitting in boxes in the garage since we moved here this summer).

    I did manage to print a big batch of photos for Project Life over the weekend, which felt like a major bonus.

    Morning walks are on hold until our puppy is old enough to walk for a couple of miles. Because, you know, I’m attachment parenting my puppy, which means that I can’t possibly leave her in a crate for 40 minutes while my husband and I go for a walk. Uh huh.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet [partial]
    * Morning walks [partial]
    * Evening reading [yes]
    * Puppy preparations [yes!]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Evening reading
    * Project Life progress
    * Library completion

    November 17, 2014
  2. maureen #

    hi all
    last week
    art date – yes
    draw – yes
    goodwill trip – no
    office painting – no
    yoga – no

    it looks like with out a paid set of classes. I am not practicing yoga or tai chi or qui gong.
    hmmm. I do do some explosive kicks and swirly yin yang moves with my arms though, sort of creative martial art dancing spontaneously when I feel the need. but a class would be better.
    this week
    *paint sample painting for a one night class I am teaching early dec.
    * take pic of said painting, send pic to promoter of classes at the center.
    * xmas shop at museum shops and local art center
    * touch base with co chair for church craft fair iam helping with.
    * make signs for craft show
    * art date on Friday
    * draw or collage my own stuff

    November 17, 2014
  3. 6 weeks left! Yeesh. I need to get serious about this.
    That said, I’ll start small. Journal daily. Quiet time daily. A little less coffee. A little more time coloring with my kids.

    November 18, 2014
  4. A bit late in the week, but since I have a weekend of solo-parenting my toddler ahead of me, I hope to get some nap time creativity in. Plus, I’ve been able to get a few other projects started or done this week– better than usual, such as the sketch I posted on my blog.

    Daughter’s Christmas stocking: finish this weekend
    Start mint wine
    Daily blogging
    1000 words on novel

    I’m new here, and I adore this idea of creative goals! Thanks!

    November 21, 2014

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